People choose hobbys for many different reasons, some people choose a hobby based on a particular interest while someone else may choose a particular hobby for its benefits. There are multiple things to consider when choosing a hobby, especially if it is something you wish to entertain long term. Finding a hobby that interest you as well as fits into your schedule, and also your budget is key to long term success with any hobby. A popular hobby for many people across all ages and stages of life is reading. Reading is a great hobby because it lets you exercise your imagination, increase your vocabulary, and it reduces levels of stress.
Exercing your imagination is very important to the development of the brain. Reading is one of the many ways to exercise the brain. While a person is reading they are constantly drawing mental images to help them visualize what they are reading. “When you read, the world is at your feet. Just like you can travel to different periods of time when you read, you can do the same with places.” (Fannin) Reading creates the oppertunity to learn and travel from your favorite couch, chair, or coffee shop. Over time benefits of exercising the imagination promotes creativity.
Reading is perfect for every lifestyle for those who are only able to invest short intervals of time into reading can still experience the benefits just as someone what has lots of freetime would. In addition to exercising the imagination reading is also benefical to those wishing to improve their brain performance in other ways. Reading can help adults to develop desirable professional skills through building a large well rounded vocabulary. Over time reading enhances the vocabulary not only by introducing new words, but also by helping the reader use words they already in different context appropriatly. Children can also enjoy the same benefits from reading as adults.
Children who read on a regular basis can see the evidence of increased vocabulary directly through improved standardized test scores and other reading evaluations. While exercing the imagination and increasing vocabulary are appealing benefits of reading for most people, others may be driven to reading for other mental health purposes. Stess is an unavoidable part of life for everyone young and old. Certain amounts of stress are good for you, but its always important to have a coping method. Hobbys such as reading can be an excellent way to reduce stress for many people.
“A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea. This is because your mind is invited into a literary world that is free from the stressors that plague your daily life.” (“Reading for Stress Relief” 2016) This is perhaps one of the most common reasons people decide to make reading a hobby.
Reading is both fun and rewarding and makes great hobby because it lets you exercise your imagination, increase your vocabulary, and it reduces levels of stress. Exercising your imagination offers readers the fun of going on an adventure right from their home, as well as the benefit of improving their creativity. Enhancing your vocabulary through the exposure of new words along with fimilar words in new context is al benefit to the hobby of reading. Reducing stress is another great benefit and is prehaps the most common reason adults choose reading as a hooby. Regardless of age or lifestyle reading makes a great hobby for people of all ages.